Two new Community Collect COVID-19 test kit collection points to open on 4 May in Chester and Ellesmere Port
30 April 2021Cheshire West and Chester Council is opening two new Community Collect centres in the borough on Tuesday, 4 May, one near Chester Retail Park and the other at Ellesmere Port Library.
The Community Collect service offers free packs of COVID-19 test kits for residents to do at home as part of the Government recommendation that we all test twice a week regardless of whether we have been vaccinated or not.
One in three people with COVID-19 do not show any symptoms so these twice-weekly tests, known as Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) are aimed at people without symptoms, to help stop people from spreading it unwittingly.
The Chester facility is at Dee View Hub, Europa Court, Dee View Boulevard, off Bumpers Lane, CH1 4NP. It will be open from 3pm to 7pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to noon on Saturdays.
The Ellesmere Port centre is at Ellesmere Port Library, in Civic Way, open during normal library opening hours.
Both of these sites have parking available nearby.
Since asymptomatic testing began in Cheshire West and Chester in December, LFTs have identified more than 500 positive cases that would not otherwise have been found.
Free test kits are now available to all to help stop the spread of Coronavirus and can be accessed in a number of ways:
"Vaccines, regular testing, hands, face space and fresh air are vital to help us control this disease and and return safely to the things we have missed.”
Anyone who tests positive using an LFT should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test to confirm the positive result. Book this by visiting: nhs.uk/coronavirus or call: 119.
If this confirmatory test is negative, self-isolation can stop. If it is positive that person and their household must self-isolate for 10 full days, starting on the day after the positive LFT.
LFTs are only for use by people without symptoms.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, including a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste or a high temperature, should self-isolate and book a PCR test at: nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling: 119.
For full information about testing options available in Cheshire West and Chester and opening hours visit: cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk and click on COVID-19 testing.